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Golf-The latest Casey to participate in Saudi-backed LIV Golf

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Paul Casey is from Saudi Arabia The supporting Breakaway League said on Saturday that it will participate in the lucrative and controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series and will attend an event at Bedminster's Trump National Golf Club later this month.

The 44-year-old Englishman has won the PGA Tour three times and the European Tour 15 times, but hasn't played since March due to an injury.

Casey has joined the list of top players, including six major champions Phil Mickelson, former world number ones Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, and former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.

"LIV Golf continues to attract the best players in the sport to build an increasingly competitive field at each event," said LIV Golf CEO. One Greg Norman said in a statement.

Funded by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF), LIV Golf hosted its first event in London last month. This event was won by Charl Schwartzel of South Africa. ..

Critics say this secession series is the equivalent of explicit "sportswashing" by countries seeking to improve their reputation in the light of the history of human rights abuses.

The final day of the first event on US soil took place on Saturday near Portland, Oregon. The start of the three-day tournament at Pumpkin Ridge encountered protests by the families of survivors and victims on 9/11 who criticized golfers for their willingness to play in the league.

Of the 19 hijackers on the jet plane on September 11, 2001, 15 were Saudis. Victims' families are seeking an investigation into their allegations that Saudi Arabia is associated with hijackers. In September 2021, the Saudi government welcomed the release of confidential documents related to the FBI investigation, and the US embassy in the country said, "The claim that Saudi Arabia is involved in the September 11 attack is categorically false." Said. (Edited by David Gregorio)